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Tuesday, June 17, 2003

I think I love Paul Krugman - ( not in that way - more like a guru or a really good teacher )


Last Thursday a House subcommittee met to finalize next year's homeland security appropriation. The ranking Democrat announced that he would introduce an amendment adding roughly $1 billion for areas like port security and border security that, according to just about every expert, have been severely neglected since Sept. 11. He proposed to pay for the additions by slightly scaling back tax cuts for people making more than $1 million per year.

The subcommittee's chairman promptly closed the meeting to the public, citing national security — though no classified material was under discussion. And the bill that emerged from the closed meeting did not contain the extra funding.

It was a perfect symbol of the reality of the Bush administration's "war on terror." Behind the rhetoric — and behind the veil of secrecy, invoked in the name of national security but actually used to prevent public scrutiny — lies a pattern of neglect, of refusal to take crucial actions to protect us from terrorists. Actual counterterrorism, it seems, doesn't fit the administration's agenda.



He has been ridin herd on the Bush administration more than anybody of whom I can think. Krugman is a pragmatic realist - that thinks that the government should actually be doing it's job - instead of Rethugnican asshats using their power for the benefit of a few rich punks. Don;t get me wrong, I don;t hate the rich - I just hate the rich asswipes that think their tax burden is so high that they cannot pay for their share of government.

My income is in the upper 20% - and I would not think it appropriate in any sense that I would get a lower tax rate than a single mother making minimum wage. When you knock down progressive taxation - and yu factor in state/local/property taxes - the rich make out like bandits. ( like they always have in our great empire )

adios

I love the perserverance we show in our eternal war on terror. We are so squared away that we simply let Iraqis loot nuclear waste depots - cause we are confident that no one will be itchin to make a Dirty Bomb. Course we don't really know where a lot of the radioactive material worldwide is - so it is a good thing that no terrorists have tried to get a hold of this stuff.

Good thing we secured the oil ministry.

When will we get out of this Twilight ZOne copy of the world? I fell like I've slipped into bizarro world - where a president is given credit for saving us from "evil doers" - while not doing anything real except for stirring up a hornet's nest of angry muslim militants.

Oh well.

Monday, June 16, 2003

I guess it works. Wow. Coool set up - now I have to set up some links and change this ugly damn style sheet.
You know - I just posted about a half hours worth of info about me and my family, and now it is gone to the internet ether. Damn you blogspot - damn you to HELL!!!
Hello, yall. This is my first post in this here blog. There is far too much crap going on in the world right now - that I feel I need to talk to no one in particular about - that I feel I must blog.

Let me tell you a bit about me. I am a father of 2 kids, married for... damn - how long was it... 6 years? Wow - am I old. I feel older every freakin day. But then again I do not feel like I am old yet. I still think of myself as a kid that used to break into cars, egg passers by, and set various things on fire - but that is a story for another time. You know what makes me feel old? Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen. I almost feel like a sick guy - looking at those two right now - because I watched their show when I was a kid - and they were infants. There is something fundamentally wrong about it all.

But I digress.

This is really cathartic, I am glad no one will be reaing this.

ANyway, I have 2 kids - Kayla and CHarlie. Charlie is deaf - Kayla just does not listen. They are both really cool kids. Kayla surprises me every day with how cool she is becoming. If you don;t have a kid, you really cannot identify with how a parent feels - i know it sounds stupid to be impressed when a kid wakes up and tellsj you she has to go poop, but someday you will be impressed by such behavior.

But anyway - I am going to post to this periodically - with whatever I find throughout my boring sojourns inot Cyber Space - but you already knew that, didn't you.

I refuse to correct gramatical errors - if you can;t read it - or I am too drunk to write it properly, just ignore it. Nothing I say is important in the grand scheme of things - eventually we will all be scattered by the layers of the sun that scour the earth when the sun dies - so nothing is really important.

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